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Oscar Pistorius Receives Honorary Degree

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 13, 2012
  • Updated Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM UTC
Oscar Pistorius was recently recognized for his positive influence for the disabled. Photo: Inside the Games

The South African “Blade Runner” was recognized for being a role model.

South Africa’s most famous athlete, Oscar Pistorius, was honored by the University of Strathclyde in Scotland yesterday. Pistorious, primarily a sprinter, is famous for becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games in London last August.

Pistorius was honored for being a role model in the sport for disabled athletes worldwide.

The 25-year-old received the degree after meeting with patients, students and staff of the University’s National Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics within the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering,

“I am incredibly honoured to be awarded an honorary degree from such a prestigious University as Strathclyde – I have had a great history working with them and believe they lead the way in prosthetic research and development and have very much enjoyed the work I have done with them in the past and look forward to continuing a great relationship with them,” Pistorius said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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